Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Life is too Short for Boring Stationery : Part 1

I have been posting a lot about food lately and it is time to have a change. The baking series will still continue as I have a few more recipes to share. BUT! Let us look at lots of pretty things!

We have lots of very talented people in South Africa that produce beautiful stationery, tags, gifts etc, so let’s take a look at some of the companies that I know of. If you know of more please share with me.

First up I am going to focus on what is available right here in my area – lucky me!

Peg & Pencil

Peg & Pencil is owned and run by the lovely Kirsty-Ann Milne who started it in 2013. She creates bespoke stationery as well as wedding and events design. Step into her “Stationery Lounge” and choose your twine, notebooks, mini pegs, paper straws and gift tags. The stationery is mostly created by hand using current trends and designs.

Favourite items  :
Gift Boxes R200
Twine Tubs - Pink Assorted R120

She also sells her stationery at various markets such as Bellevue Market.

Olive Finch

Owned and tirelessly run by Venessa Matthews who produces colourful  tags and notepads. Formerly called Little Mud Hut Designs (read here), Venessa has made over her company into stationery freshness.

Nadia van der Mescht recently did a fabulous post about Olive Finch which you can read here.

Favourite items :


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You can buy from her stall at the I Heart Market.


Looking for sweet stationery and party things? Millamae have a fabulous range of invites, cupcake wrappers and mini flags to match. They also have gift tags and stickers to dress up your gifts and a range of hardcover diaries and journals. Launched in 2013 by Sarah and Tracy who merged their creative and printing knowledge to create stationery happiness.

Favourite items :
"Birdie" Journal R90
2015 Diary R120


You can also buy from their stall at the I Heart Market.

Read their interview on Ruby Orchard here.

Washi Bug

Do you love washi tape? Well then you have to step in to Washi Bug’s washi tape heaven.

Owned and run by Jaime Askew (daughter) and Anita Fuller (mother ). The word 'washi' comes from 'wa' meaning Japanese and 'shi' meaning paper. Washi is a versatile self-adhesive masking tape and a very forgiving medium for crafting and decor. It is repositionable and reusable with many applications such as:- gift wrapping, scrapbooking, card making, decoupage, theming weddings & events and art journaling... Their washi tape range is made up of over 500 designs in varying widths sourced from different parts of the world, including the quality Japanese brands. They have SO many different designs in the 10m x 15mm category and also stock the Japanese MT washi tape which comes in 30mm, 50mm, 100mm, and 200mm. I also see that they now sell wallpaper as well. A one stop decor shop! Washi tape is so versatile, just go onto Pinterest and you can see what can be done with this wonder tape.
Birds R28

Black Lace R28


You can also buy from their stall at the Shongweni Farmers Market.

Read their interview by Ruby & Swallow here.

Swee and Moo

Owned, designed and run by the wonderful couple Richard and Chantelle Armstrong, who are on a mission “to delight the world with original, quirky, lovely, locally-sourced, hand-drawn and handmade greeting cards.” 

Read their interview with Andrea Barras (Clever Bird Banter) here.

Favourite items :
Love Voucher 5 Pack R20

Card R25

You can also buy from their stall at the I Heart Market.


  1. Thanks so much for including my link :-) x

    1. Absolute pleasure to link to your gorgeous website :)

  2. Oh gosh, I want every single item. Apart from washi tape which I think my stock sits at around 50 rolls

  3. Thanks Nicola for the WashiBug mention!